Reverence is the bow or curtsy performed at the end of every class or performance. The purpose of the reverence is to show respect to the ballet teacher as well as any musicians present. In a performance, this is also an acknowledgement and appreciation to the audience.
The reverence involves a bow or curtsy as well as arm movements like port de bras. Usually in class, the reverence is a simple bow or curtsy, with the students at the end of class clapping, showing further appreciation to the teacher. But, sometimes in a performance, there can also be a reverence routine.
Look below to see a common reverence performed by a female dancer as well as a reverence combination.


Dancer: Brittany Allen

Reverence Combination

This combination is credited to the video tutorial: Ballet 101 & 201, Combinations
Dancer: Brianne 'Tory' Freeth

The reverence combination shown includes the following steps:
In fifth position, grand plié, port de corps forward and back, port de bras, pique arabesque, step, pique arabesque and step through, step to fourth position, bow, return to fifth position and repeat with grand plié, port de corps forward and back, port de bras, pique arabesque, step, pique arabesque, step to fourth position and bow.

A special thank you to Brittany Allen, Brianne 'Tory' Freeth, Instructor Holly Copeland, Bonnie Copeland &
Encore Dance Centre in San Dimas, CA. www.encoredancecentre.com

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